Everton deserved Europe - Moyes

Everton boss Dave Moyes was delighted after their 3-1 victory over Newcastle United guaranteed a place in the UEFA Cup for next season.

The Goodison Park chief, who has now secured three European qualifications in four seasons, said: "We deserved it. We have been in the top five since new year, and our form has been coming back in recent games."

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But Moyes accepts his side were sweating at one stage in the second half when they knew Aston Villa were winning at West Ham.

Newcastle had equalised with a Michael Owen penalty and another goal for the visitors could have sent Villa into Europe instead of Everton.

But, in the end Dean Ashton scored a late equaliser for West Ham, while Ayegbeni Yakubu struck his second and Joleon Lescott also scored to make sure of Everton's win.

Moyes said: "We finished on a good note, with a good performance. All we lacked in the first half was the finish to underline our superiority at that stage.

"But I don't feel that we showed any nerves. We passed the ball well, and produced a really, really good performance. There was character and confidence.

"I wanted to win, I wanted 65 points. In many other seasons, that would have got us into the Champions League. When we did achieve that a couple of years ago, we did it with 61 points.

"This is one of my most pleasing seasons at the club, but I always prefer to think that the most pleasing season is still to come."

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